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Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday: - - - - BASEBALL Royals host Giants in World Series opener KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The Kansas City Royals, eyeing their first World Series crown in 29 years, host the San Francisco Giants in the opener of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. The Cinderella Royals carry a record 8-0 postseason start into the Series against a Giants team seeking their third MLB title in five years. ...
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Champions League resumes with a flurry of goalsFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal bonanza as Bayern Munich thrashed Roma 7-1 for its biggest victory on the road and Luiz Adriano scored five as Shakhtar put seven past BATE Borisov.


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Costa Rica tops Martinique in World Cup qualifyingWASHINGTON (AP) -- Costa Rica, on track to qualify for the Women's World Cup for the first time, wrapped up group play Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Martinique in the CONCACAF championship.


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(Adds details) By Peter Stevenson NICOSIA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani made up for the absence of talismanic frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic by netting in the 87th minute to give the French side a 1-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Uruguayan had toiled all night and appeared to be carrying a knock but was on hand to give the French side an undeserved win that kept them top of Group F on seven points. ...
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(Adds quotes, detail) By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Neymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece in a devastating first-half as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in Champions League Group F on Tuesday. The Argentine was the provider, slipping the ball through for Neymar to hit the opener with a clinical finish into the corner after seven minutes, then he struck midway through the half to put the hosts in control. ...
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By Igor Nitsak MINSK, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano struck five times, becoming the first player in Champions League history to score four goals in the opening half, as Shakhtar Donetsk trounced BATE Borisov 7-0 in Group H on Tuesday. On a record-breaking night, Luiz Adriano joined Barcelona's Lionel Messi as the only players to hit five goals in a Champions League game. Shakhtar's 6-0 halftime lead also set a new record for Europe's elite club competition. The Ukrainians are now second in the group on five points, two behind leaders Porto who beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1. ...
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By Igor Nitsak MINSK, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Luiz Adriano, who scored five goals in Shakhtar Donetsk's record-tying 7-0 Champions League win at BATE Borisov on Tuesday, said he was the victim of racist chanting from a section of the crowd. "I heard rude abuse...racist ones," the Brazilian marksman was quoted as saying on Shakhtar's website (http://shakhtar.com/en/). "Supporters behaved improperly and that is why I am disappointed and feel resentment. It was an ugly act from their side. ...
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(Adds details) By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Neymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in Champions League Group F on Tuesday. The Argentine was the provider, slipping the ball through for Neymar to hit the opener with a clinical finish into the corner after seven minutes, the he struck midway through the half to put the hosts in control. Andres Iniesta threaded the ball through to the Argentine and his shot from the centre of the penalty area squirmed under keeper Jasper Cillessen. ...
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Bayern beats Roma 7-1 for record away win in CLROME (AP) -- Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich lineup is finally starting to resemble his Barcelona team that revolutionized football not too long ago.


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(Adds details) GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A stoppage-time penalty from Schalke 04's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatched a 4-3 win against Sporting in the Champions League on Tuesday for their first victory and a winning return to the competition for new coach Roberto Di Matteo. In a rollercoaster game, Schalke squandered a two-goal lead after coming from a goal down when Adrien Silva struck twice in the second half. But Choupo-Moting kept his cool to win the game for Schalke deep in stoppage time. ...